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During 2011, First Things published over 200 articles in our print edition that were available on our website. The following were the top ten most read:

1. The Trouble with Ayn Rand , David Bentley Hart
Civilization teeters on the brink: they’ve made a movie of Atlas Shrugged.

2. The Truth About Greenhouse Gases , William Happer
The dubious science of the climate crusaders.

3. The Moral Economy of Guilt , Wilfred M. McClay
The curious process by which notions of sin and guilt have become both illusory and omnipresent.

4. Thinking About Aging , Gilbert Meilaender
It is right to want to live longer, if we don’t want life simply for its own sake.

5. The Preferential Option for the Poor , R.R. Reno
The Public Square

6. The Enduring Irving Kristol , Wilfred M. McClay
The skeptical yet hopeful father of neoconservatism.

7. The End of the Bernardin Era , George Weigel
The rise, dominance, and decline of a culturally accommodating Catholicism.

8. Restoring The Words , Anthony Esolen
The new translation of the Mass restores its beauty and splendor.

9. Evangelicals Divided , Gerald McDermott
The battle between Meliorists and Traditionists to define evangelicalism.

10. Fig Leaves and Falsehoods , Janet E. Smith
Pace Thomas Aquinas, sometimes we need to deceive.

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